Dillion Compton was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for a prison murder. According to court documents Dillion Compton would murder Mari Johnson at the French Robertson Unit. According to Dillion Compton he murdered the Correctional Officer to keep their relationship quiet. Mari Johnson would be found strangled to death. Dillion Compton would be convicted and sentenced to death.
Dillion Compton 2021 Information
|Date of Birth||7/27/1994|
|Age (when Received on Death Row)||24|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||GED|
|Date of Offense||7/16/2016|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||21|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′ 9″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||200|
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A capital murder suspect told investigators in taped evidence that he and a prison guard had been in a relationship for two years, and that he choked her after an argument when it seemed that relationship might be revealed.
“It was a secret thing,” Dillion Gage Compton told investigators on July 19, 2016, referring to his relationship with Mari Johnson at the French Robertson Unit.
Compton is on trial for capital murder in 259th District Court in connection with the July 16, 2016, death of Johnson.
In evidence played for jurors Wednesday, Compton said he would often come to the kitchen “just to see” Johnson.
Both Johnson and Compton worked in the prison’s kitchen area.
In the situation that led to her death, “she went and got the keys” to the room, Compton told investigators George Robinson Jr. with the Office of the Inspector General and Texas Ranger Joshua Burson.
He and Johnson were having sex when the prison’s food service manager, Patrick Roach, almost discovered them, Compton said in the interview.
He and Johnson hid when they thought they were going to be found, then began arguing, Compton said.
“She was just cussing me out,” Compton said on the evidence played for jurors.
Johnson feared she might lose her job if the relationship was discovered, he said, while Compton said he was afraid Johnson would call prison security and spray him with pepper spray.
His first thought was to flee, he said in the recording, and he said he choked Johnson, with no intent to kill her, so that he could escape the situation.
“I tried to get her to pass out so I could get away,” he told investigators, thinking that Johnson would wake up later and likely be angry with him, but otherwise unhurt.
He said that Johnson was “breathing when I let her go.”
On Monday, attorneys for the state told jurors that Johnson’s throat had been allegedly crushed from “top to bottom” and that she had suffered internal injuries
I didn’t intend for Ms. Johnson to die,” Johnson told investigators in the interrogation played Wednesday. “… I thought she was passed out.”
When Roach returned to the area a second time, Compton said he was “on the way toward the door” when he was discovered.
Shortly thereafter, Johnson’s body, which was obscured from immediate view, was found. She was partially exposed and had been handcuffed to the floor.
Compton said that it was not the first time he and Johnson had met, but that in the past they had never come close to being caught.
Compton said that his intention with Johnson was to “have a relationship,” though he knew the situation was wrong
Having come from a church family and immersing himself in theological study during his time in prison, Compton said that he found his faith shaken and his pain for Johnson’s loss to be intense.
“I have cried out like crazy asking for the Lord to save me,” he said, expressing regret that he had harmed Johnson and her family, as well as his own chances of leaving prison.
Compton told investigators that he feared for his life, and echoing an earlier taped interrogation, he said that Johnson’s death was “the ultimate price,” though he did not elaborate further what that statement meant to him.
“I wish I could go back,” he said in the recording. “I don’t want to spend my life in prison.”
Compton said that Johnson had talked about her life outside of the prison and emphasized she was not a bad person.
She treated workers at the prison well, he said.
When asked by investigators what he would say to Johnson’s family, Compton said he was “deeply wounded” by her death.